For over a week now I’ve been holding off on writing this review because nothing I can think of even comes close to describing how amazing this book is. Zombies! Hillbillies! I’m inclined to ask, “does it get any better?” except… for all of the awesomeness and horror in those two words, The Reapers Are the Angels is about so much more. It is about society (aren’t all zombie books?), family, relationships, and the big picture in life. Fifteen year old Temple is just about the most fucked up and kick ass heroine I’ve encountered in a long time. Author Alden Bell has created memorable, complex, and haunting characters. Tai Sammons reads this story with a flat, emotionless tone to her voice that only adds to the bleakness of Temple’s world. What makes this story so much better than a typical horror novel is that even in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse; Temple is able to find meaning, beauty and purpose in her life. Perhaps the second time reading this I’ll be able to compose my thoughts into a more rational and readable review.